From April 1 to April 15, MCL cardholders can borrow, read, and discuss Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung’s heartbreaking yet hopeful “Homes: A Refugee Story” eBook with no waitlists or holds by visiting midcolumbialibraries.org/ebooks or by downloading the one-touch reading app, Libby. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at discuss.biglibraryread.com. And, readers can use #BigLibraryRead on social media for a chance to win a Kobo Aura H2O from OverDrive.
“Homes: A Refugee Story” is a 2018 Governor General's Literary Award finalist for nonfiction and was chosen by a popular vote of readers and librarians worldwide. The book chronicles the struggles of the al Rabeeah family who left their home in Iraq for Syria in hope of a safer life just before the Syrian civil war broke out. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. It tells of the strange juxtaposition of growing up as a typical teenager in a war zone.
The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees. For more information, visit biglibraryread.com. To get a free digital library card, visit midcolumbialibraries.org/ebooks and follow the “Need a card?” prompt to get started.